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Major Link Soccer: Chivas USA's Years Off

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According to reports, Chivas USA is soon to be sold and go on hiatus. Also MLS viewership ratings are up.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

MLS

You can spend the next 30 seconds not hating the LA Galaxy: Todd Dunivant had a baby.

It looks like the we may be nearing the end of the Chivas USA saga. Multiple reports state that MLS is close to finalizing the sale of Chivas to an undisclosed investment group. Chivas is set to shut down for a minimum of two years until the new owner is able to build a stadium.

MLS's viewership ratings have increased since last year: up 51% on ESPN, 20% on ESPN Deportes, and 46% on NBCSN.

While we often see MLS competing with European leagues for young players, it's not so common to think of MLS "competing" with colleges for players (if a player can go to MLS, we assume they will). But with the low salaries being payed to MLS's youth, is it really worth it to turn down a college scholarship?

With Portland's Will Johnson out for about six months with a broken leg, Ben Zemanski is looking at some serious minutes, provided Caleb Porter goes for a like-for-like swap.

Of the 15 players in MLS making more than $1 million, 10 received raises or were brought in since 2013.

Sebastian Le Toux suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's Union game against DC United. He could miss the rest of the season, depending on the results of an MRI that was scheduled for yesterday.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is saying he may look to "the MLS" for his next investment.

A lot of questions were asked after Mike Magee was traded to the Chicago Fire for the rights to Robbie Rodgers. About a year on from the trade LAG Confidential looks at why both teams won the trade, from a human perspective and from an on-field perspective.

Both Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle are up for Goal of the Week. But that shouldn't be a surprise. The real surprise is that only one Neagoal is available to vote for. Vote here.

World

Could Julian Green be Real Madrid's next Cristiano Ronaldo? Probably not, unless "next" refers to quite a few years down the line. As Stars and Stripes FC puts it, "Real Madrid does not replace its stars with projects."

Michael Ibarra has been shining for Minnesota United so far this year. Ibarra is likely to go to Orlando City FC next year in the USL Pro/NASL player allocation. Ibarra is also likely to be called up to Jurgen Klinsmann's next USMNT camp.

Until last year, the United States did not have a U-23 national team. While the U-23s still don't have a dedicated coaching staff, they will be headed to Brasilia on October 13th for a friendly against Brazil's U-23s.